• Location: Zoom Webinar

Are you a sports medicine professional, sports trainer, athlete, coach, parent, volunteer or someone with an interest in mental health in sport?

Community mental health has been tested in various ways through the COVID19 pandemic. Both athletes and the community at large are experiencing challenges to their mental health many have not experienced in their lifetime. Connection, recognition, empathy and the ability to maintain physical activity and exercise despite the cancellation of sport have been intrinsic to getting through this pandemic and will continue to be as we adjust to a new COVID-normal.

Join us for a 90-minute live panel discussion to learn more about the latest research and knowledge for promoting good mental health in athletes in both community and elite sport settings.  Panellists will share their professional and personal experiences, how they look after their own mental health, stay healthy and avoid burn out, and resources they have utilised throughout their careers.

This will be an interactive discussion with the panel taking questions from the audience throughout presentation.

Registration for this event is essential with limited places available. Cost: Members – $25, Non-Member – $65*

We all require a safe space to share and learn about this important issue.   As such, the event recording will only be available to registered participants and for an 8 week period.

*Non-members can use the registration fee towards an SMA membership if you join with SMA before 30th November 2020.


Dr Ranjit Menon is a consultant psychiatrist specialising in mood and anxiety disorders. He has an Advanced Certificate in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and is also a leading sports psychiatrist with a Certificate of Additional Training in Sports Psychiatry awarded by ISSP. He is the current Chief Psychiatrist of the AFL and the Director of Mentalogue Clinic, which specialises in the care of athletes and other patients with mood and anxiety disorders. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Research Fellow at Monash University. He is also the Secretary of the Executive Board of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry. Dr Menon has worked and researched extensively with mood and anxiety disorders and has published several peer reviewed publications. He has been closely involved in the care of elite athletes associated with multiple sporting organisations.

Matthew Butterworth is a Clinical Psychologist and Mental Health Manager at the Australian Institute of Sport. Matt is experienced in supporting and promoting mental health and wellbeing needs in sport, child and adolescent, adult and forensic settings.  He’s continued to play sports throughout his life from social to representative levels and continues to value all of the great things that sports involvement can bring to people and communities: including better health, social connection, working and achieving together.

Dr Karen Litzy is a licensed physical therapist and member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Dr Litzy has featured at national and international events including the International Olympic Committee Injury Prevention Conference in Monaco, the Sri Lanka Sports and Exercise Medicine Conference, and various American Physical Therapy Association conferences, with particular experience relating to the interplay between chronic pain and mental health and wellbeing. Through her career as a physical therapist, Dr Litzy has helped thousands of people overcome painful conditions, recover from surgery and return to their lives with family and friends.

Dr Megan Teychenne is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia), undertaking her research at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN). Dr Teychenne’s research investigates the links between physical activity, sedentary behaviour and mental health, particularly amongst women (including pregnant and postpartum) and socio-economically disadvantaged groups. She also focuses on developing evidence-based strategies to promote physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour to prevent mental illness. Dr Teychenne’s research has made a significant contribution to the field of physical activity/sedentary behaviour and health. She is an associate editor for the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity, and her work has been cited in several international evidence briefings (e.g. British Heart Foundation, The World Health Organisation), an example of how her research is influencing policy and practice at an international level. Dr Teychenne actively contributes to raising public awareness about the importance of physically active lifestyles in reducing mental illness. Her research has gained much media attention, having been a guest on several national radio programs (including ABC Melbourne, ABC Sydney, FIVEaa Adelaide) , as well as being profiled in several hundreds of popular media articles worldwide, including in The Boston Globe.

Dr Michael Noetel is a Sport and Exercise Psychologist, Lecturer and Research Fellow at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education within the Australian Catholic University. Dr Noetel investigates performance, and behaviour change in health, education, sport and the broader community. He has applied his expertise to positively impact on coaches and players in the NRL and AFL, as well as leading executives. He hopes to help people to live more effective, inspiring, and high-performing lives.

Registration is essential

SMA Member – $25
Non-Member – $65

*Non-members – you can use your registration fee towards an SMA membership if you join with SMA before 30th November 2020.